I don’t follow the sport closely, thus always wondered how soccer players could sign with a league team, then play for national teams. The answer: insurance. The insurance protects the team in case a player gets hurt playing for the country. Thus:
The UK’s Football [Soccer] Association’s insurers will pay compensation to Liverpool after midfielder Steven Gerrard sustained a hamstring injury on England duty.
The FA confirmed Friday it has a comprehensive voluntary insurance scheme that covers for injuries to England players during international matches.The organization said the scheme will cover the wages of Gerrard, who will be out for a month after limping out of Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat to France at Wembley with a grade two hamstring tear.
So next time you enjoy the World Cup, thank the industry.